When your imaginary friends won’t talk to you

writing imaginary friends

You know it’s bad when even your imaginary friends won’t talk to you!

Some writer’s swear that writer’s block affect them, other dismiss it with alarming ferocity. 

But as Gertrude Stein once wrote:

If you write a half-hour a day, it makes a lot of writing year by year

Even if three quarters of what you’ve written turns out to be total junk which you destroy, you have written something and on that foundation you can grow your word base, narrative and characters. Imagine if you wrote a thousand words a day, even if 750 of those words were not worth keeping, by the end of the month you’d have 7,500 words.

I’ve personally found the best way to combat writer’s block is to write anything – even if it’s just reproducing on paper an event or conversation that happened in real life – that allows my imagination to be sparked to create a fictional scene. Practise and consistency for me has been the best tool for keeping me writing and to keep my writing improving.

Of course this advice works for me but will not necessarily work for every writer.  You have to find the method of writing that works for you and then use it to its full potential. There is no ‘one’ right way to write, but there may be one right way for you. There may be several right ways for you depending on the time and circumstances. The most important thing is to try lots of different methods till you settle on what is most comfortable for you as an individual writer.

About V C Willow

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties. She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY. V.C live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel. You can follow her authors page on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/vcwillow Connect with her on Linked in at: uk.linkedin.com/pub/vc-willow/4b/b90/521 Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/inquisitivevic Follow her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5563938-v-c-willow )O(
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3 Responses to When your imaginary friends won’t talk to you

  1. kateturville says:

    I find taking a break from writing and sitting down to read helps if I’m struggling to write. It seems to get my mind back in the zone. Writing about any old thing works as well, like you do. Thanks for the post!

  2. Gene says:

    Hey VC, long time no hear. Never being one for lack of words, lately I’m in a funk. I feel like I walk into the room, and all my characters are sitting around waiting to say something. I look at them and they look at me. Someones gotta say something, so I say I’m busy–see ya later. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel like talking.

  3. …I have simply ceased the struggle …it’s like a ‘waiting and ripening’ process. If I try to get something down before the whole piece has, shall we say, downloaded I’m doomed to frustration. So I pace a bit, take a walk, do something totally unrelated and suddenly there’s a creative rush and the characters are all talking at once *smiles hello* I haven’t been around to say hello much so… Hello!

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